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Beautiful Creatures is Headed to the Big Screen

 

Since I have shared blog posts about the three current books from the Caster Chronicles, I thought it would make sense to let everyone know that the first book in the series, Beautiful Creatures, will be in theatres February 13, 2013.  Here is the preview for the movie.

I also found an article with some still photographs and more information about the upcoming movie: http://moviepilot.com/stories/648055-first-trailer-and-intriguing-new-stills-from-beautiful-creatures?stamp=39137&subscribe_to=570891&utm_campaign=new-pics-of-alden-ehrenreich-emmy-rossum-jeremy-irons-more-in-beautiful-creatures&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=fb-stream-post

ENJOY!

 

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I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

 

So I used the “what should I read next” website and typed in the Hunger Games.  One of the suggestions was I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (aka James Frey and Jobie Hughes).  This book features aliens.  A group of 18 aliens came to Earth after their planet was attacked and destroyed by aliens (Mogadorians)  from a different planet.  The group of 18 is from Lorien.  Four and his Cepan (his guardian) as well as the rest of the group escaped their planet during the attack.  The others are in similar pairs each with a number child/teenager (member of the Garde) and a Cepan to help and guide them.  The plan is to eventually return if some from the group are able to survive.  In order to help with this plan there were several charms placed on the group.  The most important is that each of the members of the Garde is numbered 1-9.  As long as they stay apart, they have to be killed in order.  The members of the Garde have a charm on them that lets them know when one of them is killed.  This book starts when Four learns that Number 3 has been killed, making him the next target.

Four and Henri (his Cepan) move to Paradise, Ohio in an attempt to remain hidden.  While there, for the first time in his life Four is making friends and getting attached to people.  It makes it so he does not want to leave even when it becomes clear that the Mogadorians that are on Earth know where he is.  This ultimately results in a battle at Four’s high school.  While Four is trying to protect his girlfriend, Sarah, another one of the members of the Garde finds them.  Number Six has been trying to find another Garde member since she lost her Cepan.  However, because Six joins Four, the charm protecting them is broken.

Huge numbers of Mogadorians arrive at the school to kill Four and Six.  They also bring giant beasts that they raise just to kill.  Four and Six, with Henri, Sarah, Mark, and Sam, try to take on the Mogadorians.  They are able to kill some, but ultimately they are outnumbered.  Four’s dog, Bernie Kosar, turns out to be a chimara from Lorien and is able to defeat one of the giant beasts.  In the end, the teenagers are able to escape, but during the battle Henri is killed.

Four and Six obviously decide to leave Paradise and try to hide out somewhere else for awhile.  Four is very upset about leaving Sarah behind, and he promises to come back to her some day (which means that he probably will in a book later in the series).

I really enjoyed this book.  It had a lot of supernatural aspects to it especially since the Garde is able to develop powers like telekinesis, invisibility, and resistance to fire.  It also had a romance that wasn’t over done but made the reader care about the characters.  I’m excited that both The Power of Six and the movie I am Number Four are waiting for me at the library so I can continue the series.

 


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Torment by Lauren Kate

Torment is the second book in the Fallen series which I discovered looking through the book section at Target.  The first book introduces the reader to Daniel and Luce.  They are two reform school students who have an interesting relationship.  He tries to push her away, but she feels an unnatural pull towards him.  It turns out that Daniel is a fallen angel who has been cursed for falling in love with a mortal.  Luce has lived hundreds of lives, but in each one when she meets Daniel and gets close to him, she dies.  However, this life is different, and Luce does not die.

In Torment, it is discovered that Luce seems to be some sort of lynch pin for the balance of good and evil in the world.  Even though he is a fallen angel, Daniel is still mostly loyal to being good.  He has formed an alliance with a more evil (demon) fallen angel named Cam.  They are working together to protect Luce from the Outcasts (fallen angels who didn’t pick a side and are now rejected by both sides) who are trying to kill her.  One means of her protection is transferring to a different school, Shoreline.  This school is made up of half mortal students and half Nephilim.  Nephilim are the students who have some angel blood in them, no matter how watered down it might be.  Luce makes two fairly good friends.  Miles is a Nephilim very far down the line and basically the closest to mortal of these students.  He and Luce bond over this.  They have a very easy friendship that Luce sometimes longs for in her relationship with Daniel.  Luce also ends up getting close with her roommate, Shelby.  Shelby helps Luce in her attempts to glimpse her past lives and learn about her relationship with Daniel.

Daniel and Luce’s relationship gets a little rocky as she struggles to understand it better with him being unwilling to give her the information she wants.  This leads to her kissing Miles and wondering if it would be easier and better to be with him instead.  Ultimately, all of Luce’s friends (Nephilim, angel, and mortal) end up going home with her for Thanksgiving.  While there, a giant battle between the angels and Outcasts breaks out.  Miles saves Luce by projecting a mirror of her that the Outcasts take thinking it is the real thing.  Luce quickly realizes that if she wants to save her friends in this battle that she has to get away and she steps through basically a magical portal to another time and place.

So far this series has been pretty interesting.  I really agree with Luce’s opinions of her relationship with Daniel in this novel especially when she is questioning if it is right for her.  I found myself mostly cheering for her to choose Miles which maybe Lauren Kate will explore a little bit, but I know that in the end she will end up with Daniel barring some type of tragedy.  This series provides an interesting twist on a love story by bringing in all of the supernatural aspects the angels provide.  It allows for some more unexpected avenues to be explored that are not possible in more typical novels about teenage love.